Have you ever heard of Elf on the shelf? I hadn’t…and then I started seeing pictures of elves all over the internet and decided to go research these elves. Elf on the shelf is the creation of Carol Aebersold. When she was a child, her parents told her the story of a Christmas elf that was posted in each house and reported back to Santa to let him know who was naughty and who was nice. Mysteriously, the elf would move around the house, and would end up in different spots each day. Ms Aebersold capitalized on the idea and has now created a tradition that has spread. She and her two daughters created an Elf on the shelf kit which includes, an elf, a book and adoption papers (to officially adopt your elf).
I personally, like the concept of Santa having secret elf spies….and I LOVE all the mischief these elves get into. Also, it pretty much ensures great behavior from your kids…they want to make the “nice” list after all! Check out all the Elf on the shelf photos I found on Pinterest.